This rugged handheld microphone offers two outputs, USB output for digital recording, and an XLR output that connects with a sound systems conventional microphone input for use in live performance. The microphone plugs right into your computers USB port, and functions seamlessly with your favorite recording software. The AT2005USB also offers a quality analog-to-digital converter for excellent fidelity, and a headphone output with level control for monitoring. Its cardioid polar pattern reduces pickup of unwanted sounds from the sides and rear. The microphone is ideal for live performance, podcasting, home studio recording, field recording, and voiceover use.